Music, on a diet

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2006 - 03:15 PM |
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Coming next year from Panasonic is the worlds smallest speaker.  They shrunk from 2.5mm to 1.5mm, and claim no loss in audio quality.  How much longer before we are buying MP3 pants that play music on their own?  CoolTechZone has some pictures and a bit more information.

Source: CoolTechZone

ASUS' new motherboard is up to bat

Subject: Motherboards | December 7, 2006 - 01:20 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the 680i based Striker Extreme from ASUS.  While it is based around a very good chipset, there is a lot of competition using the same setup.  Read on to find out if ASUS can compete with other Intel nForce boards.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The perfect companion to an HTPC

Subject: Systems | December 7, 2006 - 12:22 PM |
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The MediaLab remote control is an accessory to the ThermalTake MozartTX, but is by no means limited to that case.  VIA Arena has already covered a lot about the case, it's PSU and a 7" LCD screen to attach to it, that are all linked to in this article.  Check out the review for a look at everything you need to set up a perfect HTPC, or even an entertainment centre for your car.

Source: VIA Arena

AMD's Quad-Core revealed?

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2006 - 12:10 PM |
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The Tech Report has encountered some success in tracking down specs on the new native quad-core chips from AMD.  They boil down the translated source page very well, but you may still want to click to the original to see the translated comments.

Can bundled PSUs still compete?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 6, 2006 - 06:21 PM |
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It's not that In-Win are a no name company, it's just that their PSUs are usually found pre-installed in cases.  X-bit Labs grabbed 6 of their PSUs, of differing wattages and series to test them with the newer, power hungry components found in enthusiast's PCs.  Find out if they can still hold their own in this big test session.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Just about 6000 MB/s of bandwidth

Subject: Memory | December 6, 2006 - 02:45 PM |
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Virtual-Hideout reviews Mushkin's XP2-8500 modules (1066MHz).  The motherboard they used wasn't able to supply more than 2.4 volts to DDR, so they only managed to push it to 1100MHz @ 5-5-4-12 before seeing instability, but they obviously hadn't hit the memory's top speed.

Major U.S. Employers Join to Provide Lifelong Personal Health Records for Employees

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2006 - 01:43 PM |
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WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 6, 2006 -- As
the cost of providing health care continues to rise, Applied Materials,
BP America, Inc., Intel Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Inc. and Wal-Mart
are funding an independent nonprofit institute to develop 'Dossia,' a
Web-based framework through which

Intel Demonstrates Its First Mobile Wimax Baseband Chip

Subject: Mobile | December 6, 2006 - 01:40 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. and HONG KONG,
Dec. 6, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced design completion of
its first mobile WiMAX baseband chip. Combined with the company's
previously announced single-chip, multi-band WiMAX/Wi-Fi radio, the
pair creates a complete chipset called the Intel® WiMAX Connection
2300. This development marks another major step in Intel's efforts to
deliver an 'always best connected' mobile Internet experience for
future laptops and mobile devices.

Rock on to the Extreme

Subject: Mobile | December 6, 2006 - 01:38 PM |
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Driver Heaven reviews the monstrous and appropriately named Rock Extreme SL Pro, a 20 inch, 4.9kg (15lbs) laptop.  You will get a workout carrying this beast around, but it us worth it, it gets an average of 78fps in F.E.A.R. running at 1400x1050 with 4xAA and 16xAniostropic Filtering.  If you want a portable gaming beast and have $5000 burning a hole in your pocket, you should think about buying a Rock.

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The incredible shrinking die

Subject: Processors | December 6, 2006 - 12:11 PM |
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The Tech Report has linked to a couple of articles on the upcoming shift to 32nm, which comes hot on the heels of AMD's move to 65nm and Intel's upcoming 45nm process.  Electric companies won't be impressed, as this will lower the power requirements of quad core systems considerably.

What's another Word for hole?

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2006 - 12:03 PM |
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Keep an eye out for any Word attachments you get until patch Tuesday, unless Microsoft releases an interim update.  MS Word 2000 and up, including Mac versions and even more recent Works versions all suffer from a vulnerability, according to this article on CNET.

Get one more and you'll have a Quad

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 5, 2006 - 06:18 PM |
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EVGA's 7950 GX2 really impressed HotHardware.  It started out tying and sometimes even beating a pair of 7900 GTs, but when they got a 15% overclock on the core and ~25% on the memory all bets were off.

Source: HotHardware

Low noise case with a lot of airflow

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 5, 2006 - 02:55 PM |
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NZXT's Zero case is an unassuming case that hides some interesting features.  Overclockers Club found the most odd feature is the front cover.  In order to open it and get at your optical drives, you would have to remove anything that is plugged into the front panel.  However, if you are looking for a quiet case that can keep your system cool, you may forgive them.

Sling Media talks placeshifting

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2006 - 02:06 PM |
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It sounds fancy, but it really just means streaming media you have stored in one spot to wherever it is that you are currently, over a network or the internet.  Sling Media is currently the tops in doing that, and Digital Trends has an interview with one of the founders.

Time to get Medieval

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2006 - 12:22 PM |
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The newest in the Total War series takes us back to medieval times, but it isn't just the same game as the first.  Along with significant graphics improvements, there are new gameplay features that expand your experience.  Head to Gamepyre to get a look.

Source: Gamepyre

Another use for your Xbox 360

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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TweakTown offers an easy way to get an Xbox 360 to play XVID and DIVX videos, without cracking open the shell.  Just a simple tool called TVersity and a bit of time and you are ready to go.

Source: TweakTown

AMD DRIVES NEXT GENERATION OF ENERGY-EFFICIENT COMPUTING WITH 65NM

Subject: Processors | December 5, 2006 - 11:29 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Dec. 5, 2006 - Launching the next generation
of energy-efficient computing, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the
transition to 65nm process technology, beginning with the immediate
availability of energy-efficient AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 dual-core desktop
processors
. The move to 65nm process technology enables AMD to produce
more processors on a 300mm wafer, for increased production capacity,
while continuing to aggressively scale performance and reduce power
consumption.

Source: AMD

Palm de-sweater

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2006 - 05:35 PM |
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The Logitech Chillstream Gamepad has 2 things going for it.  It is USB based, making it work on both platforms, and the 40mm fan inside will keep your hands cool.  Head over to Techgage to see how it performed.

Source: TECHGAGE

Corsair Expands FB-DIMM Family with Immediate Availability of 2GByte DDR2-667 Fully Buffered DIMMs

Subject: Memory | December 4, 2006 - 04:59 PM |
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Fremont, CA (December 4, 2006) —Corsair® a worldwide leader in high performance computer products, today expanded its Fully Buffered DIMM (FB-DIMM) family of products to include new high density DDR2-667MHz speeds to support the latest dual-core Intel® Xeon® based platforms. Corsair high density high-speed FB-DIMMs offer enhanced memory throughput allowing for superior application responsiveness.

A peek into the storage room

Subject: Storage | December 4, 2006 - 03:50 PM |
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AnandTech has finished talking with some major storage manufacturers, and have compiled what they learned into a 3 page article.  Covering both internal and external storage, as well as a bonus visit to ABIT, you can get a good idea what they are all working on.

Source: AnandTech